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Chet KinseyAge: 93 years19132006

Chet Kinsey
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Birth January 1, 1913

Death February 22, 2006 (Age 93 years)

Note: Chester ‘Chet’ Kinsey passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at home in the Helena Va…

Chester ‘Chet’ Kinsey passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at home in the Helena Valley. He was born in New Philadelphia, Ohio, on Jan. 1, 1913. At age 19, he traveled to Minnesota by bicycle, traded it and $10 for a motorcycle that he drove to Miles City, hopped a freight, and went to Havre to work on his uncle’s farm. He latermanaged the Farmer’s Union Co-ops at Havre, Warden and Opheim. Chet enlisted in the Army Air Force during World War II and served as a waist gunner and a B17 pilot trainer, achieving the rank of technical sergeant. He received a Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, three bronze clusters and aMeritorious Service award. A lifetime member of the Carpenter’s Union, Chet was active in Democratic politics, Farmers Union, AERO, Montana Low Income Coalition, Montana Senior Citizens and other humanitarian and social justice groups. In 1952 Chet married Sylvia Lewis Sloan in Coram. He became papa to Nona Sloan of Helena and Deva Sloan Trebas (Glen) of Browning; later adding son, Edward J. Kinsey (Connie) of Helena; daughters, Paula Morse of Whitehall and Mary Stanghill(Curt) of Fairfield, Wash. Other survivors are his wife, Sylvia, 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, and nieces, nephews and hundreds of friends. He was preceded in death by parents, Henry and Sophe Kinsey, and a sister, Anne Callaghan. Chet moved to Helena in 1961 where he and Sylvia started Kinsey Garden. He loved gardening and worked regularly until age 90. A true believer in sharing, Chet asked that any memorials be given to Helena Food Share. A celebration of his life will be held in late spring at Kinsey Garden.

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